Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Cannabis Measurements

Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Cannabis Measurements

Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Cannabis Measurements

Recreational weed has only been legal in California for a few years now. That means that every day, there are people visiting dispensaries for the first time.

Whether it’s your first time using cannabis, or your first time using legal cannabis, walking into a dispensary for the first time can be intimidating. That experience becomes even more intimidating when you’re faced with unfamiliar cannabis measurements.

So what is a gram of pot? And eighths, quarters, and halves—what is that measurement referring to? Is 20 percent THC going to be an intense strain or a mellow high? And what about edibles?

If these are questions you’ve asked yourself recently, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn more about how to measure weed, and where you should start as a new cannabis user.

 

Start With a Gram

Butter comes in sticks, eggs come in a dozen, and milk comes in a quart container. That’s what a gram is for pot; it’s the basic starting place for measurements of weed.

A gram is one-thousandth of a kilogram—or, for a more familiar metric, one gram of weed will make for about two average-sized joints. If you’re new to smoking pot, or just want to try out a new strain, you can’t go wrong with a gram.

A gram is also typically the smallest unit to buy pot at a dispensary—though sometimes you might be able to buy a half-gram pre-rolled joint.

Prices for grams will greatly vary depending on the quality, supply versus demand, and where you’re buying it. But, generally speaking, you should be able to pick up a gram of decent flower for between $10 and $20.

Eighths, Quarters, Halves and Ounces

If buying a gram of pot is like purchasing one can of soda, then buying an ounce of pot is like picking up a 24-pack of soda. It’s a way to buy in bulk, so you can save money in the long run and be stocked up on flower for a while.

In fact, one ounce is equal to about 28 grams. Other cannabis measurements that you might come across at a dispensary are also based on ounces.

An eighth is one-eighth of an ounce or about 3.5 grams. A quarter is about seven grams. And a halve is about 14 grams.

If you come across a strain that you particularly like, then it’s a good idea to buy a larger measurement—especially if it’s a popular new strain that might sell out quickly. Dispensaries will also typically have better deals on flower as you buy it in larger quantities.

An ounce is typically the largest amount you’ll be able to buy at a dispensary in a single day.

 

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How to Calculate THC Percentage

Now that you understand how to measure weed, you might be curious about what the percentages on the weed menu are referring to.

Those percentages are telling you how much THC or CBD there is per volume in that particular flower strain. THC is the psychoactive element present in cannabis, while CBD is used to treat anxiety and pain relief.

Typically, THC percentages will be in the 10 to 30 percent range, with a few special outliers on either end.

If you are new to using cannabis or haven’t used it in years, then you might want to start with a strain that has a relatively low THC percentage, like 10 or 15 percent. Cannabis you buy in a dispensary in 2020 is typically going to be much stronger than the joint you smoked once at a concert 20 years ago, so starting on the low end will ensure you don’t have a bad first experience.

Once you’ve gotten a better feel for what you can handle, you can start experimenting with different strains with higher THC percentages.

What About Edibles?

Wondering how to measure the weed present in edibles? Well, first you’ll need to forget everything you’ve learned so far about how to measure weed.

Edibles are an entirely different ball game because edibles are absorbed into your body in a much more potent, long-lasting way than when you smoke pot. That means it’ll take a lot less weed to get high and stay that way for several hours.

Instead of grams, the potency of edibles is measured in milligrams—or one-thousands of a gram. Edible potencies can range anywhere from 5 milligrams of THC in a serving to 500 milligrams, and higher.

As with flower, it’s a good idea to start on the lower end of the edible spectrum. Edible highs can last for up to eight hours—so if you eat one that’s too strong, it could be a seriously traumatic experience for you.

For your first edible experience, try a 5 milligram serving to see how you like it. If you enjoy 5 milligrams, you can start slowly working your way up the spectrum to see which potency suits you best.

And if you ever do eat an edible that’s too strong, don’t panic—try making yourself as comfortable as possible, put on some relaxing music or a calming movie, drink lots of water and remember that it’s only a temporary situation.

Find What’s Right For You

Now that you have a solid grasp of cannabis measurements, it’s time to start experimenting with recreational cannabis!

And if you have any questions that didn’t get answered, remember that our helpful team is always here to educate you. Check out our selection today!

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Benefits of Cannabis for Veterans

Benefits of Cannabis for Veterans

Benefits of Cannabis for Veterans

Veterans across the country have sacrificed their physical and mental health for our safety, all while serving in our country’s greater cause. Unfortunately at the risk of their service, a majority of them still struggle with debilitating conditions well after they retire from active duty. While the VA health care system has taken painstaking measures to provide relief to these Veteran communities, many still do not respond to conventional medications and therapies for life-altering conditions such as PTSD and chronic pain and seek alternative methods of coping, like cannabis.

Did you know that Veterans consume cannabis at rates far higher than the general population? Among military veterans who acknowledged using cannabis within the past year, 41% classified their marijuana use as medical – a percentage that is double of that adults in the general population.

 

So what is the reasoning behind increased Veteran cannabis use and how can benefit effects that have arisen during military service? Read on to find out!

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How Cannabis Can Benefit Veterans

Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is something many veterans face post-combat. The American Psychiatry Association defines PTSD as a “psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or who have been threatened with death, violence or serious injury. PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II, and has long been linked to combating Veterans specifically.

So where does cannabis come into play with PTSD? Studies have shown that THC could help with hyperarousal symptoms, insomnia, anxiety, and extinction deficits all related to PTSD. Available data has even suggested that low doses of THC can reduce anxiety responses in anxious and PTSD patients without inducing a psychotic effect.

Many Veterans also come home from service with various injuries, making pain management a necessity for everyday life. Rather than turning to prescription medications, many Veterans found that cannabis is a great tool for pain management. According to a review of over 10,000 studies by the National Academy of Sciences, “In adults with chronic pain, patients who were treated with cannabis are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.” There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis and cannabinoids are effective for the treatment of chronic pain in adults.

 

Another added benefit of medical cannabis use is the reduction of opioid use and opioid-related deaths. When Veterans don’t have the easiest access to cannabis, they sometimes turn to opioids or alcohol out of necessity or convenience. In states that permit medical marijuana dispensaries, studies show a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not.

Cannabis Can Benefit Veterans

Purple Lotus Honors Veterans

Purple Lotus understands the sacrifice that Veterans have made for our country and strives to provide them with the best possible medicine each day. All Veterans receive a 15% discount, 365 days a year in honor of their time served as a small token of our appreciation.

 

In addition, this Veteran’s Day (Nov 11, 2020, Only) Purple Lotus will be giving a discount of 20% off Blue Chip, Astro, Stiiizy, and Purple Lotus Products. Veterans can stack this discount with their normal 15% off for a total combined discount of 35% OFF, plus a special gift! We hope to honor and salute all of our Veterans today.

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Organizations Helping Veterans Gain Access to Cannabis

Looking to help even more? Check out one of the many organizations that make cannabis readily available to Veterans in all states, despite current legislation.

 

Veterans Cannabis Project

Veterans Cannabis Project is dedicated to improving U.S. military veterans’ quality of life through the opportunity of cannabis. We believe medical cannabis saves lives and that veterans deserve full, legal access.

VCP is working to change the conversation about the life-saving health treatment value of cannabis by advocating on behalf of veterans’ cannabis access, educating policymakers and the public about the value of cannabis to veterans to eliminate stigma, and supporting veterans across the nation with the resources they need to understand the value of medical cannabis and know their rights while arming them with the tools they need to encourage policy change.

 

Weed for Warriors

Weed For Warriors Project is a social justice lifestyle brand supporting holistic rehabilitation for veterans through community-based projects, proactive care advocacy, cannabis education and compassion WFWP urges change for the empowerment of the people.

 

Veterans Cannabis Coalition

The Veterans Cannabis Coalition is an independent, self-funded advocacy group dedicated to ending cannabis prohibition and driving the research and development of cannabis-based treatments through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
VCC aims to close gaps in the community’s understanding of medical cannabis while ensuring accessibility and affordability for veterans and all patients.

 

Helping Veterans Gain Access to Cannabis

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PLUS Strains

PLUS Strains

PLUS Strains!

Perhaps what they say is true…it’s what’s inside that matters the most.

Introducing a first of its kind edible, PLUS Strains!

Celebrating the cannabis classics, Lemon Jack, Grandaddy Purple, and Pineapple Express, we’ve unlocked what we love about the flower in a great-tasting gummy!

From flavors to feels, our gummies are crafted to evoke the effects and match every mood you remember from these notorious, nostalgic nugs! We wanted to illustrate the authentic attributes of the plant in a way that pays homage to these beloved, OG strains. So we did.

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It’s What’s Inside That Matters the Most

1. All-natural, real fruit ingredients for flavors of the flower

Gathering grapes, lemons, and pineapples, we’ve squeezed all-natural fruit juice into each bite, to blend that familiar, fruit-forward flavor into every Strains gummy.

  • A balanced blend of sweet and sour, our Lemon Jack gummies tease the tongue with a squeeze of Eureka and Meyer lemon.
  • Our Pineapple Express gummies are a juicy pineapple punch to the palate with subtle hints of orange and lemon.
  • Nicknamed GDP, our Granddaddy Purple gummies elicit that infamous bold marionberry and great grape taste!

Tailored terpenes for a tailored high

We tailored the terpene blends for each batch to deliver the thrill of a Sativa in our Lemon Jack gummies, the chill of an Indica in our Granddaddy Purple gummies, and the balanced bliss from a hybrid high in our Pineapple Express gummies!

Don’t believe us? Flip the tin and find out for yourself.
We believe in transparency and stand behind every ingredient that goes into our gummies, including our potent terpenes, which is why on the back of every Strains package there is a QR code.

Each code connects you to a Lucid Green website, providing detailed information about the product, the terpene potency levels, ingredients, expected effects, dosage recommendations and even testing certificates.

2. Full Spectrum Oil for the full effect

Finally, we fused the fruit and terpenes with the whole plant, full-spectrum oil. Pulled from the plant, this pure and potent ingredient is what gives you the entire entourage effect for a truly holistic high. Full-spectrum means each compound and cannabinoid- every part of the potion- mixes together to make magic. They ignite each other to amplify their individual attributes, a fantastic phenomenon called the entourage effect. Which for you feels (freaking) fantastic!

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Vote, Your Voice Matters!

Vote, Your Voice Matters!

Vote, Your Voice Matters!

Take a moment to remember what is important this election cycle — making your voice heard.

2020 has certainly been a year for the history books. This year is culminating in a fiery election between presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden; however, Purple Lotus wants to take this time to remind you that this election is about so much more than two candidates. We’ve experienced the collective traumas of the COVID-19 pandemic, record-setting wildfires, and let’s not forget about one of the largest uprisings against racism in recent history. We know that real change can happen when we come together and that so much can be lost if we don’t do every single thing in our power to keep that from happening, including voting

History of Cannabis Voting in California 

As November 3rd rolls around, we are also reminded of the hoops Cannabis has had to jump through to reach legalization in California. The Golden State has always been at the forefront of Cannabis legalization, but did you know that steps to Cannabis legalization started much earlier than 2016? 

The history of Cannabis in California actually goes all the way back to the 1700s and 1800s, before California even entered the union; some historians even believe that cultivation began at Mission San Jose. However, as we reached the end of the millennium, California was at the forefront of the ‘legalize marijuana’ debate and became the first to do so for medical purposes in the modern era in 1996.

1913: California passed the Poison and Pharmacy Act in 1907, which banned the sale of cocaine, morphine, and opium without a prescription. Six years later, marijuana was included in this list. 

1972: The first time a marijuana legalization measure appeared on the ballot was in California when voters rejected Proposition 19 in 1972. 

A “yes” vote on Proposition 19 would have revised California’s laws about marijuana to “provide that no person in the State of California 18 years of age or older shall be punished in any way for growing, processing, transporting, or possessing marijuana for personal use, or for using it.”

The official ballot summary was, “Removes state penalties for personal use. Proposes a statute which would provide that no person eighteen years or older shall be punished criminally or denied any right or privilege because of his planting, cultivating, harvesting, drying, processing, otherwise preparing, transporting, possessing or using marijuana.”

1973: The Berkeley Marijuana Initiative I, forbade police officers from making weed-related arrests, unless the city council approved.

1975: George Moscone, the Mayor of San Francisco, introduced Senate Bill 95, which later became known as the Moscone Act. It ensured that possession of an ounce (28.5 grams) or less could only be classified as a misdemeanor, with no jail time and a $100 fine.

1991: Almost 80% of voters approved Proposition P, a measure that allowed the medical use of cannabis in San Francisco. 

1992: The San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club was formed and sold marijuana to medical patients.

1996: The first state to legalize medical marijuana was California in 1996. 

2005: Oakland became the first city in the state to regulate and tax cannabis for adult use. 

2016: California voters approved ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana

 

This November 3rd, 2020, we hope that you vote for the local and state candidates who support the issues you believe in, and join the more than 10.5 million Californians that have already cast their ballots. Vote for your community, your friends, your family, your future, for clean air and water, for control over your body, for love over hate. VOTE, and then go out and keep working toward the world you want to live in. Remember, we’re all in this together. 

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  1. “Medical Marijuana Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot”. NORML. June 6, 1996. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
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  8. Kiel, Matt S. (10 August 2017). “Financing California’s Cannabis Businesses: Public Banking Model as a State-Level Solution”. The National Law Review. Wilson Elser. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  9. Black, Lester (19 April 2017). “The Credit Unions and Small Banks That Solved the Cannabis Cash Crisis”. The Stranger. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  10. (2020). Retrieved 29 October 2020, from https://wayofleaf.com/blog/the-history-of-weed-in-california

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cannabis Dispensaries

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cannabis Dispensaries

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cannabis Dispensaries

Did you know that 283 million people use some form of cannabis, according to the United Nations’ World Drug report in 2017? Those millions of people make cannabis the most popular drug globally, with consumers spread across 135 countries.

Cannabis has become much more accessible, with dispensaries all over the world for people to order from or drive over and pick up edibles, joints, or other forms of cannabis. Keep reading, and we will walk you through the five little known facts that you should know to make the most of your dispensary experience.

What is A Dispensary?

There are two types of dispensaries. There is a medical dispensary and recreational. Depending on your state laws, you will see one or both near you.

Medical Dispensary

The conditions to get a medical marijuana license vary by state. In California, the conditions range from cancer to AIDs to chronic pain to migraines to any illness that marijuana will help provide relief.

Other states are strict about getting a license. One example is New Jersey, where you can’t get a medical marijuana license unless you have a “debilitating” medical condition.

When you go into a medical dispensary, you need the correct documents. You will need to register with reception once you go in to prove there are medical reasons behind your visit.

Legalize Weed

In January 2020, cannabis started to become legal across many states. Now, marijuana is legal in 11 states for people 21-years-old and above and for medical use in 33 states.

Check your state for more information to see if your state has medical, recreational, or both facilities.

Recreational Dispensary

Recreational dispensaries have become much more common as weed is legalized across the U.S.

You don’t need a medical license or have to pay for a doctor’s visit if you’re going to a recreational dispensary. The only documentation you have to show is your driver’s license to prove that you’re 21 or older to get in.

The products in recreational dispensaries will vary, from smokable flowers to edibles in brownies, cookies, mints, cupcakes, and more to sauces or joints.

Laws vary by state, so it will depend on where you are to find the correct dispensary for you.

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5 Little Known Facts About Cannabis Dispensaries

Before you make your first trip to a dispensary, we will go over five facts you may not have known about a cannabis dispensary.

You will want to take advantage of everything you can while exploring the many cannabis products they have to offer.

1. Know the Drill

When you go to a dispensary, first, make sure you’re going into the right entrance. There may be a medical and recreational entrance, so make sure you know which one you plan on entering.

It would be best if you were 21-years-old to go inside, so make sure you have your ID or passport to prove your age. A lot of dispensaries are cash only, so make sure to have some money on hand.

2. Check Your Area

Depending on what state you live in, there could only be medical dispensaries. If you’re one of the 33 states that only allows legal marijuana use for medical reasons, there won’t be a recreational option.

As we discussed in the differences above, you want to make sure you don’t go to a medical-only dispensary without the proper documentation or license. These laws are enforced, and you should be aware of them before going.

3. Ask a Budtender

Before you go, research the different marijuana strains to see which one you want to buy. Some dispensaries have organized and labeled displays that tell you the strain name.

Some have clear descriptions of each product, but if not, ask someone who works there. The employees are called budtenders and can give you advice on what to get. If you’re looking for an uplifting or energizing high, the Sativa strain is the way to go. If you want a chill, sleepy high, Indica is your strain. You can also get hybrid strains to get a combination of the two. Do your research, and know what you want before you go.

4. Consumption of Choice

Before you buy waxes, oil, or marijuana flower, make sure you know how you will consume it. You could rent a vaporizer from the dispensary if this service is available or purchase premade edibles.

Be careful when eating edibles. They can take an hour to work, and then your high can last as long as 6 hours or more. Start with a small bite and take it slow, especially if you’re not a regular cannabis smoker.

5. No Returns

The cannabis industry has evolved into a retail environment; however, it’s not a store you can come back and return items. It’s essential only to buy what you will like and use.

If you buy something you don’t like, no harm, you will know next time not to get it. Don’t be afraid to ask budtenders questions before purchasing anything.

 

Cannabis Delivery

If you don’t have time or don’t want to browse through a large dispensary, you can look at a delivery service. Purple Lotus provides a secure, fast, and convenient delivery service.

You can see if you can get dispensary delivery at one near you. This is easy for people who don’t have time to drive to the dispensary or would prefer to relax at home while they wait for their order.

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Stop by Your Local Dispensary Today

Check out your local dispensary and make sure you know the basics to get in quickly and painlessly.

Do your research on all the different strains and ways you can consume marijuana. You want to find the right method that fits your needs.

If you want to enjoy cannabis delivered to your door, contact us with your questions about our delivery service and the many products we have to offer.

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